Activists in Denver plan to submit more than 8,000 signatures to city officials on Monday in an effort to put a psilocybin decriminalization initiative on the ballot. Organizers with the group Decriminalize Denver will gather for a rally and news conference at 3:00 pm Monday on the steps of the Denver City and County Building, according to media reports.
Monday is the deadline to submit petitions for initiatives to be included on the May 2019 ballot. At least 4,726 valid signatures from registered voters are needed for the Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative to qualify for this spring’s election.
Kevin Matthews, the campaign director for the initiative, said that the measure is seeking a change in enforcement policy for psychedelic mushrooms.
“We’re not legalizing here,” Matthews said. “Essentially, what we’re doing is keeping people out of prison for what is essentially a non-violent crime offense.”
If the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative passes, it would make the possession, use, and propagation of psilocybin mushrooms for adults 21 and older the “city’s lowest law-enforcement priority.” The measure would “prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties” on those who possess or cultivate psilocybin mushrooms for personal use. The measure also creates a city “psilocybin